Canals near the Olympic Park have been invaded with tonnes of weeds 

Canals surrounding the Olympic Park have been invaded by a green carpet of duck weed - near the World Championship which has been marred with outbreaks of gastroenteritis. Teams are collecting up to 120 tonnes of green sludge every week on two canals in the capital as it multiplies in the heat. Athletes staying in the capital for the World Championships have contracted gastroenteritis, leading to many withdrawing from Monday's heats. Hot weather causes green carpet of duck weed on...

Plant that was once munched on by dinosaurs found growing in the wild 

A plant dating back more than 100 million years to the age of the dinosaurs has been discovered growing in the American Mid West. The moss was found in 16 lakes around Wisconsin and Minnesota - and scientists likened their surprise to a "cheetah poking its head through your office window." They immediately realised it was quite different from other species, and DNA analysis of samples of the large, green algae identifed it as Lychnothamnus barbatus. The collectors knew they...

Heat waves, floods & storms could kill at least 50 times more Britons by end of century if climate change not tackled

Deadly heat waves, floods and storms could kill at least 50 times more Britons by the end of the century if climate change is not tackled, a study warned. Around 2,515 Britons but as many as 7,484 Britons a year could be killed by extreme weather events by the 2080s - up from around 90 Britons now. Heatwaves will be the biggest threat killing up to 7,358 Britons, followed by coastal flooding killing at around 56, river flooding 36 and...

Watch – ALLIGATOR found basking in sun on side of English lake

Stunned water officials discovered an ALLIGATOR basking in the sun on the side of an English lake today. The hissing reptile - which is two feet long - was spotted clambering out of the water at Chew Valley reservoir in Somerset. Staff at Bristol Water caught the alligator with a net before putting it in a box while waiting for a member of the RSPCA to collect it. An ALLIGATOR was discovered at an English lake  It is unknown how...

Residents clear rubbish piled up across Birmingham after bins not collected for FIVE weeks

Residents and agency staff are digging in to clear mountains of rubbish which has been piling up on the streets of Birmingham for five weeks - after a strike by binmen. Dozens of fed-up homeowners in the Sparkhill area of the city have not had their refuse collected while binmen take industrial action over possible job cuts. The strike started on June 30 after Birmingham City Council announced restructuring plans, which trade union Unite claim will threaten the jobs of...

Osprey catches double fish supper from a lake in fascinating images & video

Plunging into a Scottish loch, this majestic osprey emerges triumphant with a DOUBLE FISH SUPPER. Spectacular pictures capture the moment the majestic bird of prey folds its wings and plunges down into the water. The osprey then snapped up two massive trout -- but didn't managed to hold on to them for long. The incident was documented by amateur photographer Mark Chrimes who was on a holiday in Scotland with his friends The 51-year-old, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has taken...

Protesters are fighting plans to build houses on London’s oldest allotments, dating back to pre-Victorian days

Green fingered protesters are fighting plans to build houses on London's oldest allotments, dating back to pre-Victorian days. Northfields Allotments, founded in 1832, faces a threat from plans to build a multi-storey social housing block and private apartments on the site. The site in Ealing, west London, consisting of 141 plots and with more than 70 people on the waiting list, would lose five per cent of its land if plans by Pathways Housing Charity are approved. During the 1970s...

Sickening footage shows a chicken producer which supplies Asda, Lidl and Nando’s allegedly breaching animal cruelty laws

This sickening footage shows a chicken producer which supplies Asda, Lidl and Nando's allegedly breaching animal cruelty laws. Secret filming at Cambria Farm in Taunton, Somerset, claims to show a worker dumping a live chick in a wheelbarrow full of dead birds. The chick was left for an hour before the same worker returns and snaps its neck, according to vegan campaign group Animal Equality. Dead chickens in a container at Cambria Farm in Taunton, Somerset. This sickening footage shows...

British caterpillars are being infected with a ‘zombie virus’ which causes them to march towards the sun…before EXPLODING 

British caterpillars are being infected with a 'zombie virus' which causes them to march towards the sun - before EXPLODING. The 'baculovirus' changes the caterpillar's instincts to hide away from sunlight and forces them climb to the tops of plants. Their bodies are then liquefied - causing them to burst and spread the bug to other insects. The popped remains of several Oak Eggar moth caterpillars - a common variety in the UK and Europe - have been spotted across...

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